Jewish Holidays 2020

Dates of major and minor Jewish holidays for 2020. Each holiday page includes a brief overview of special observances and customs, and any special Torah readings.

Except for minor fasts, holidays begin at sundown on the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the dates for Rosh Hashana are listed as -, then the holiday begins at sundown on Sep 18 and ends at nightfall on Sep 20.

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Major holidays

Holidays begin at sundown on the first date specified and end at nightfall on the last date specified.

Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal "work" is forbidden.

HolidayDates
Pesach W‑F
Sa‑M
Tu‑Th
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot Th‑F
Festival of Weeks
Rosh Hashana F‑Su
The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Su‑M
Day of Atonement
Sukkot F‑Su
M‑F
Feast of Booths
Shmini Atzeret F‑Sa
Eighth Day of Assembly
Chanukah Th‑F
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication

Minor holidays

HolidayDates
Tu BiShvat Su‑M
New Year for Trees
Purim M‑Tu
Celebration of Jewish deliverance as told by Megilat Esther
Shushan Purim Tu‑W
Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni Th‑F
Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer M‑Tu
33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B'Av Tu‑W
Minor Jewish holiday of love
Rosh Hashana LaBehemot Th‑F
New Year for Tithing Animals
Leil Selichot Sep 12 Sa
Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

Minor fasts begin at dawn and end at nightfall.

Tish'a B'Av begins at sundown on the first date specified and ends at nightfall on the second date specified.

HolidayDates
Asara B'Tevet Jan 7 Tu
Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta'anit Esther Mar 9 M
Fast of Esther
Ta'anit Bechorot Apr 8 W
Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 9 Th
Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tish'a B'Av W‑Th
The Ninth of Av
Tzom Gedaliah Sep 21 M
Fast of the Seventh Month
Asara B'Tevet Dec 25 F
Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem

Modern holidays

HolidayDates
Yom HaAliyah F‑Sa
Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
Yom HaShoah M‑Tu
Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron M‑Tu
Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut Tu‑W
Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim Th‑F
Jerusalem Day
Yom HaAliyah School Observance Su
Aliyah Day observed in Israeli schools
Sigd Su‑M
Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur

Special Shabbatot

HolidayDates
Shabbat Shirah F‑Sa
Shabbat of Song
Shabbat Shekalim F‑Sa
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor F‑Sa
Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah F‑Sa
Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh F‑Sa
Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol F‑Sa
Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon F‑Sa
Shabbat before Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu F‑Sa
Shabbat after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Shuva F‑Sa
Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)

Rosh Chodesh

HolidayDates
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat Su‑M
Start of month of Sh'vat on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Adar M‑W
Start of month of Adar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan W‑Th
Start of month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Th‑Sa
Start of month of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Sa‑Su
Start of month of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz Su‑Tu
Start of month of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Av Tu‑W
Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Elul W‑F
Start of month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Sa‑M
Start of month of Cheshvan on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Kislev M‑Tu
Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Tu‑W
Start of month of Tevet on the Hebrew calendar